Seagate: doubles down on HDD speeds with Multi Actuator tech
April 11, 2018 Jon 1 Comment
Seagate has now unveiled Multi Actuator technology, which will allow two sets of data to be written or read from the same drive at the same time. In a conventional hard disk drive, data is written to and read from a surface by way of a series of magnetic heads attached to an arm. An actuator moves these heads up and down, usually as one group. Seagate’s plan to improve performance sounds simple enough: use two actuators. Hard drives that use the company’s Multi Actuator technology will have two independent arms, allowing these devices to process two sets of data simultaneously. That effectively doubles the performance of the drive, which is crucial for future data centers that will need to access more and more information. Seagate hasn’t revealed any specific time frames just yet, the company says that the Multi Actuator technology is in development and will appear in products in the near future.
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